Top 5 Web Hosting Services for 2019

By Focusoncode December 18, 2018

It doesn’t matter if you’re a newcomer to building your own website and need a helping hand to get started, or an old head just wanting to know what the world’s best web hosting service is today – you’ve come to the best resource online for choosing your ideal website hosting provider.

So whether you are in the market for shared hosting, website builders or WordPress hosting providers or want to know what the best web hosting company in the world is, we have got you covered with recommendations and advice.

InMotion Hosting

InMotion Hosting has been running since 2001, and is one of the world’s largest independent hosting companies. It offers several shared hosting plans, with prices starting at a tempting $2.95/£2.20 per month. To sweeten the deal, all of InMotion’s plans come with a ton of great free features that other services might charge extra for. Think: malware and DDoS protection, basic backups, ‘spam-safe’ email and a WordPress-based Website Builder.

Technical features include PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python and PHP 7 support. InMotion provides both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, and easy-to-use integration with Google Apps. It also provides excellent technical support, which is available 24/7, all year round, for US-based users.

InMotion offers both cPanel and Softaculous-powered hosting. In testing, our sister site TechRadar found InMotion’s overall performance levels are well above average. That’s great news for anyone who wants to see fast-loading websites.

1&1 IONOS

Recently, European hosting provider 1&1 joined forces with German cloud infrastructure specialist ProfitBricks and rebranded as 1&1 IONOS. 1&1 was already the biggest web hosting player in Europe, and this latest merger marks another step in its battle against GoDaddy for world domination.

At under a dollar a month for the first year, 1&1 IONOS’ Business package will literally get you started for pennies. That will give you enough to kick things off on your site, until the fee is bumped up to $8/£5 per month after 12 months. At that point you would probably be better switching to the Pro package for only two dollars/pounds more per month.

The freebies aren’t bad with this provider, although they’re not as impressive as they once were. All packages offer a free domain for the first year, and performance and storage scale depending on which package you’re using. If you want malware protection, you’ll need to stump up for a Pro account. A helpful touch is that every customer is assigned a personal consultant, to offer advice and support via phone, email or chat.

HostGator Hatchling

When it comes to cheap web hosting, HostGator’s Hatchling plan is our top choice. The well-known Dallas-based company offers an impressive amount of unrestricted features in its basic Hatchling plan. There are no limits on bandwidth, web space, subdomains, MySQL databases, FTP and email accounts.

There’s also one-click WordPress installation, cPanel-based site management. A 99.9 per cent uptime guarantee covering both server and network failures; plus 24/7 customer support, and $200 (£150) worth of Google and Bing Ads credits.

As you might expect with a cheap hosting plan, you can only operate one website on the Hatchling plan. And you won’t get a free domain name for a year, either. But we like the low pricing – it starts at $2.64/£1.95 per month on a three-year contract.  The free transfers for new accounts within the first month after you’ve signed up. And a 45-day money-back guarantee means that if you’re not happy with the service, you can cancel it.

DreamHost

DreamHost offers shared, WordPress, web, VPS and dedicated hosting, with loads of custom and unexpected features. Key selling points include a 100% per cent uptime guarantee, unlimited 24/7 support via email and Twitter, SSD drives for speed.

DreamHost also boasts impressive security features and extensive domain management tools for users who are familiar with website administration. Pricing is fair, too, starting at $7.95/£6/month. With unlimited everything, DreamHost makes for a fantastic balance of features and price.

GoDaddy

US-based GoDaddy is one of the largest web hosting companies around. As one of the few that’s done television advertising, it’s probably the best known, too.

Even its cheapest web hosting package ($5.50/£4) comes with 100GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, and a free domain. It has plenty of options due to GoDaddy’s vast domain name repository.

It also boasts a guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime, free backup and restores, and expert hosting support available 24/7, all year round. One feature we particularly like is that on every package you can increase hosting capacity on demand directly from your account. Handy if you experience a sudden surge in traffic.

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